Russian propaganda: Brussels Attacks “Europe’s fault. Or maybe staged”

The appalling March 22 terrorist attacks in Brussels attracted a lot of attention in pro-Kremlin media outlets. Sadly, most chose to spread confusion, fear and mistrust via disinformation stories about the tragic events, reads the DisinfoReview by EEAS East StratCom Task Force.

“A repeated accusation was that the bombing was Angela Merkel’s fault: because she invited refugees to Europe (although the attackers were not refugees); or because she held talks with President Erdogan, who supposedly founded Daesh. Many European outlets also multiplied disinformation, originating in Russia, that Chancellor Merkel had previously taken a selfie with one of the attackers,” according to the report.

Meanwhile, two major pro-Kremlin’s outlets blamed the West in its entirety.

On the day of the attacks, pro-Kremlin media also tried to convince their audience that Russia had warned against the suicide bombers who carried out the attacks. Two Belarusian brothers who were accused of being the suicide bombers were soon giving interviews – alive and well – and denied any possibility of being involved in the terror.

Other outlets took the opposite tack and claimed that there were no terror attacks at all – the whole scene had allegedly been staged. There were many supposed offenders: “unnamed elites,” the CIA and Mossad, Turkey.

From quantitative point of view, Ukraine remains the most popular disinformation topic. There are multiple cases when the old “Ukrainian Nazi coup backed by USA/NATO/West” disinformation has been recycled. “Again, it is accompanied by numerous claims that Ukraine is not a State and Ukrainians are not a nation. One video describes rampant cannibalistic rituals in Ukrainian society.”h people with a terror attack in case they voted against the Association Agreement with Ukraine, and burned the flag of the Netherlands.

Full article: Russian propaganda: Brussels Attacks “Europe’s fault. Or maybe staged” (UNIAN)

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